- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Canada Guide (PDF)
Expats moving to Canada have a lot to consider when it comes to shipping household goods. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if it can be replaced in Canada, it's best to leave it.
Even though the east and west coasts of this massive country are home to large, efficient ports, shipping is expensive. In most cases, expats can purchase new goods once they arrive in Canada for less than they'd pay to ship them over. There are also plenty of furnished accommodation options available in most Canadian cities. For those settling in Calgary, or in other inland destinations, shipping will be especially costly, as the process will require a combination of different delivery methods.
Shipping household goods to Canada
Those who decide to bring household goods with them to Canada can streamline the process by strategically dividing their belongings. The most essential goods should be brought over by air-freight, which is faster but more expensive, while the rest is shipped by sea.
It's also important to spend some time researching shipping companies and getting quotes from reputable providers before committing to an agreement. Insurance is essential, and should not be purchased from the shipping company but from an independent insurance provider.
Shipping pets to Canada
Shipping pets to Canada requires proof of rabies vaccination and, in some cases, a veterinary certificate. Microchips are only necessary for animals brought into the country for commercial purposes, but we recommend pet owners nevertheless microchip their pets as a precaution.
►Not sure where to start the house hunt? See Accommodation in Canada.
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Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance
With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.